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The WW-II minted 5¢ coins had some silver content, but ....

January 01, 2019 12:33AM avatar
only 35% was silver. Most of the REAL silver coins we had in circulation at the time of the 'so-called 'silver War Nickel' contained 90% silver.

The Nickel only had 35% silver.

Rich (Utah)
Hey Brian,

I got to thinking about this earlier in the year when the subject was brought up whether the Silver War Nickels are worthy to be called silver coins or not. What did I decide?

First Thought:

A United States 1945 Jefferson Nickel weighs 5 grams. They are comprised of 35% silver, 56% copper and 9% manganese. There would be 1.75 grams of silver in a silver nickel.

A United States 1964 Roosevelt Dime weighs 2.50 grams. They are comprise of 90% silver and 10% copper. There would be 2.25 grams of silver in a silver dime.

Two silver nickels have 3.5 grams of silver, while a silver dime, which is face valued at twice a silver nickel, has only 2.25 grams of silver. Nickels are a better silver value.
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True, however...

One 5 gram coin has 1.75 grams of silver with the Nickel.

One 2.50 gram coin has 2.25 grams of silver with the Dime.

To match the weight of the coin, and not the monetary value, it would take 2 of the 2.50 gram Dimes to equal 1 5 gram Nickel. So, 2.25 grams of silver X2 = 4.5 grams of silver from the same coin-weight in Dimes as a 1.75 gram amount of silver from the same coin-weight Nickel. Obviously, pound for pound, ounce for ounce or grams to grams, the Dime's high percentage and amount of silver make it a REAL Silver coin. grinning smiley

Besides, the old term "Majority Rules' does apply in most cases. 89.24% silver from the earlier dimes and other 'silver coins' to the 90% amount used in their final mintage, is still obviously a coin that is predominantly SILVER.

Rich (Utah)
So, if you count a half dime as a silver coin, shouldn't you also be counting a silver nickel as a silver coin? After all, it has the same face value as a half-dime, yet has more silver than a half-dime.
No, because it still is only 35% silver.

Rich (Utah)
I think we would all prefer to find 24K gold rings (100%), or 18K (75%) gold rings or even 14K (58.3%) gold rings. Still, I can't imagine anybody calling a 10K (41.7%) gold ring something other than a gold ring just because it is less than 50% gold. Gold and silver are both precious metals.
True, but since you brought that up, we do see most gold rings marked as 10K or 14K, and even 18K and a very rare 24K. It's kind of unfair to call a 10K gold ring a gold ring when it is 41.66% gold and not 12K which would be 50% gold, however that is a standard that was established long ago.

Still that 41.66% gold in that ring is a greater percentage than 35% Silver in the Nickel. But lesser quantity gold rings are not considered the same even if they have some gold. A gold ring that only has 35% gold would be 8.4 K and fall short of what most consider to be recognized as a real gold ring, since 65% of it would be made up of other mixed metals.

Oh, and let's not forget that we do NOT count a 35% silver 5¢ Nickel coin a 'silver' coin like the just as we don't call them a 'copper' coin like a 1¢ Penny of the same era even though they do contain 56% Copper.

Nope, as much as we might like to just to try and up our "Silver Coin Count," a 'War Nickel' is just that. We need to accept that an 89+% real silver coin is just that, a predominantly silver coin regardless of it's size, weight or coinage value.cool smiley


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Subject Author Views Posted

Silver Nickels Getting a Bad Wrap? Yes. Better Reconsider. . .smiling bouncing smiley .

Rich (Utah) 210 December 31, 2018 09:52PM

Re: Silver Nickels Getting a Bad Wrap? Heck Yeahangry smiley

Druid 108 January 09, 2019 12:08AM

Nope, no 'Bad Wrap' for 5¢ coins.

Monte 124 January 09, 2019 11:55PM

At least the war nickels clean up nicesmiling smiley

Hombre 131 January 02, 2019 05:11PM

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Rich (Utah) 127 January 04, 2019 11:28PM

Re: Silver Nickels Getting a Bad Wrap? Yes. Better Reconsider. . .smiling bouncing smiley .

Sodbuster 144 January 01, 2019 01:17PM

Truly Enlightened ! winking smiley

Rich (Utah) 123 January 01, 2019 09:55PM

A No Go

OregonGregg 158 January 01, 2019 07:19AM

Re: A No Go

D&P-OR 149 January 01, 2019 02:41PM

Re: A No Go

OregonGregg 142 January 02, 2019 04:53AM

Re: A No Go

D&P-OR 138 January 02, 2019 06:19AM

Re: A No Go

OregonGregg 117 January 02, 2019 10:36AM

---- Good Thinking in my book.thumbs up ----

Monte 136 January 01, 2019 08:48PM

Having Second Thoughts

OregonGregg 159 January 01, 2019 08:31AM

Re: Having Second Thoughts

Rich (Utah) 132 January 01, 2019 12:34PM

The WW-II minted 5¢ coins had some silver content, but ....

Monte 143 January 01, 2019 12:33AM

Re: Silver Nickels Getting a Bad Wrap? Yes. Better Reconsider. . .smiling bouncing smiley .

zincoln 154 January 01, 2019 12:05AM

Converting the Godfather . . . . . . .

Rich (Utah) 127 January 01, 2019 09:51PM

Re: Converting the Godfather . . . . . . .

zincoln 118 January 01, 2019 10:22PM

Re: Converting the Godfather . . . . . . .

OregonGregg 137 January 02, 2019 04:50AM

Silver War Nickels are where you find them.

Rich (Utah) 133 January 01, 2019 11:20PM

Reconsidering the Silver War Nickel. . . . .

Rich (Utah) 128 January 01, 2019 12:34AM

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